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Finding and Recovering Your Stolen Assets Worldwide

Recovering Stolen Assets in the Digital Age: Global Reach, Legal Expertise

The internet’s anonymity and global reach create fertile ground for fraudsters. At Harris Sliwoski, our experienced internet fraud attorneys act swiftly and aggressively to recover your stolen assets, no matter the perpetrator’s location. We’ve successfully resolved cases involving crypto scams, credit card processors withholding funds, fake company and fake product scams, bank switch scams, wine future scams, horse breeding scams, and more, across North America, Asia, Europe, and beyond.

Why Choose Harris Sliwoski for Your Internet Fraud Case 
  • Global Reach: Our team has a proven track record of recovering assets worldwide.
  • Legal Expertise: We leverage our extensive experience with internet fraud matters to achieve the best outcome for our clients.
  • Swift Action: We understand the importance of time-sensitive investigations and we are prepared to act quickly to maximize your recovery chances.

Contact Harris Sliwoski today for a confidential consultation.

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Internet Fraud Litigation: Our Proven Approach

Though the specifics of each fraud case differ, our successful approach to internet fraud litigation follows a core strategy:

  1. Swift and Comprehensive Investigation. Time is of the essence in internet fraud cases. We act quickly to gather evidence, identify the perpetrators, and trace stolen assets. This includes securing electronic records, analyzing financial transactions, and working with international investigators where necessary.
  2. Aggressive Legal Action. Our experienced attorneys leverage their knowledge of internet fraud schemes and relevant laws to build a strong case for recovery. We pursue aggressive litigation tactics designed to pressure the perpetrators into a swift and favorable settlement.
  3. Asset Tracing and Recovery. Our team has extensive experience in locating and recovering stolen assets, even across international borders. We work closely with financial institutions and utilize asset recovery specialists to maximize your chances of getting your money back.

Protecting Your Interests. We understand the sensitive nature of these cases and the potential emotional toll. We handle all matters with discretion and keep you informed throughout the process. Our goal is to resolve your case efficiently and recover your stolen assets while minimizing further stress.

International Reach for Global Recovery

Most internet scams involve transferring stolen funds to overseas bank accounts in countries like China, Cyprus, Singapore, and Hong Kong. This doesn’t deter Harris Sliwoski.

Our firm has a proven track record of working with international investigators and navigating complex legal systems in these jurisdictions. We leverage our experience and global network to trace stolen assets and pursue recovery through the courts in these and other countries. By combining our aggressive legal tactics with international expertise and a global contact list, we significantly increase your chances of recouping your losses, regardless of the perpetrators’ location.

Don’t Wait to Act

If you suspect you’ve been a victim of internet fraud, it’s crucial to take immediate action. The sooner you contact us, the faster we can begin investigating your case and securing your assets. Contact Harris Sliwoski today for a confidential consultation.

If you think you’ve been a victim of an internet fraud, we suggest you read, What to Do If You Think You Are a Victim of Internet Fraudand then contact us for help.

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Our internet fraud lawyers have worked on the following types of scams:

Investment Scams
  • Advance Fee Scams. Fraudsters convince victims to send them money upfront for a promised service or product that never materializes.
  • Fake and non-existent product scams. You pay money for a product from an overseas factory and they never deliver any product or the product you receive is nothing like what you ordered.
  • Fake Investment Scams. Deceptive schemes that promise high returns but ultimately steal victims’ money. This can include Ponzi schemes and pyramid schemes.
  • Forex scams. Fraudulent investment opportunities in the foreign exchange market (Forex).
  • Ponzi Schemes. A fraudulent investment operation that pays returns to investors from funds contributed by new investors, not from legitimate profits.
  • Pyramid Schemes. Multi-Level Marketing (MLMs) schemes that focus on recruitment rather than product sales, resembling a pyramid structure.
Other Scams
  • Bank Switch Scams. Deception used to trick victims into sending money to the wrong bank account.
  • Come to China Scams. Fraudulent schemes that lure victims to China with promises of business opportunities or romance, then steal their money or passports.
  • Cryptocurrency Scams. Deceptive practices involving cryptocurrencies, such as fake initial coin offerings (ICOs) or pyramid schemes.
  • Credit Card Processing Scams. Schemes involving fraudulent use of credit card processing systems.
  • Fake Educational Institution Scams. Deceptive institutions that promise degrees or diplomas but lack accreditation or legitimacy.
  • Fake Lawyer Scams. Impersonating lawyers to defraud victims by offering fake legal services or manipulating them into unnecessary legal fees.
  • Fake “Love” and “Friendship” Scams. Deceptive online relationships built to gain the victim’s trust and ultimately steal their money or personal information. Also known as Butchering the pig scams.
  • Fake Notary Scams. Impersonating a notary public to steal personal information or facilitate other fraudulent activities.
  • Horse Breeding Scams. Deceptive schemes involving the buying or selling of horses, often with inflated prices or fake pedigrees.
  • Real Estate Scams. Deceptive practices used to defraud buyers or sellers in real estate transactions.
  • Wine Future Scams. Fraudulent schemes involving investments in future wine vintages, often with inflated prices or nonexistent contracts.

In the past couple years, our internet fraud lawyers have seen a dramatic rise in Butchering the Pig Scams, These deceptive online relationship schemes involve fraudsters building trust with victims (often through romantic or friendly online relationships) over time, before manipulating them into making increasingly large investments in fraudulent ventures. Often, the scammers exploit the emotional connection to pressure victims into continuing to invest, even when faced with red flags or suspicious activity. These scams can be particularly devastating, as they often leave victims with significant financial and emotional distress.

If you think you’ve been scammed, reach out to us right away so we can help.


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This law firm was a huge help as our company went through the process of commercial licensing in the California cannabis industry.  They have helped us with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while clearly communicating with us throughout the process.  Everyone we’ve worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field and we have always felt that we were in good hands through our legal representation.

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Legal stuff is always scary. And I’ve had to play offense a couple times, begrudgingly. To have Harris Sliwoski have my back? It made things a lot less prickly. They quickly walked me through my options, and were refreshingly consistent in their communications, timing and billing. I’ve been lucky to stay out of the legal side of things my whole career, thankfully. When things went a little wrong, Harris Sliwoski quickly made things right.

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I am impressed with this law firm. They answered all my questions regarding cannabis businesses and the California cannabis framework, and they have helped me with a variety of legal issues in a timely fashion, while always clearly communicating with us throughout the process. They also redirected me to other quality people for my business needs. Everyone I worked with at Harris Sliwoski is an expert in their field, and I was in good hands throughout my legal representation.

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I have been working with the lawyers at Harris Sliwoski for more than 20 years both as a business owner and as an executive at a large east-coast health system and that is because they have always efficiently provided high level and clear international law advice. Most recently, Harris Sliwoski provided legal support on many matters related to procuring medical products worldwide. Their support was particularly helpful to during the onset of COVID, when there was a big need for securing PPE quickly, all while navigating complicated international and domestic legal requirements. Harris Sliwoski’s team of international lawyers helped by conducting rapid-fire due diligence on potential suppliers, navigating the legal logistics for getting product from overseas and through U.S. customs, and drafting contracts to protect against various sorts of horribles. They did this by essentially providing what amounted to 24/7 service. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

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You won’t find a better partner than Harris Sliwoski when trying to navigate the complex world of healthcare regulations.  They not only give sound and reliable legal advice, but they are also very responsive and are able to guide you in a way that helps you reach your business objectives as well.

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When we started the process of building a ‘seed to sale’ cannabis company in Oregon, we saw the need for expert legal counsel.  The cannabis sector is fraught with potential peril at every turn, and we wanted the best legal advice we could find.  After talking to several firms and individuals, we feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Harris Sliwoski as our legal counsel.

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We use Harris Sliwoski on all our international legal matters, including on our international litigation matters. We have over the last few years been involved in a couple big international legal disputes and Harris Sliwoski’s international dispute resolution team provided us with expert legal assistance on both matters. They were always very careful to explain to us what they were doing and why and what their actions would likely cost us in legal fees. Most importantly, we did extremely well on both cases and I have no doubt Harris Sliwoski was a big factor in that.

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We have used Harris Sliwoski for legal help related to our international manufacturing. The lawyers with whom I worked had extensive familiarity with the international legal issues involved in our various projects and offered us key insights. I particularly appreciated how they always quickly and efficiently do what they say they will do and always within their cost estimates.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How Do You Fight Internet Fraud?

Internet fraud is a growing concern, but your business can fight it. You can lower your risk of internet fraud by implementing safe practices and tools. Examples include:

  • Using strong passwords.
  • Updating passwords frequently.
  • Requiring two-step authentication.
  • Recognizing and avoiding common scams.

Aside from prevention, hiring a legal team to defend your business against internet fraud is the best way to mitigate it.

Is Internet Fraud a Federal Crime?

Yes, internet fraud is a federal crime. There are various types of internet fraud that fall under different federal laws. United States Code Title 18 covers many situations that qualify as internet fraud. Some examples include:

  • 18 U.S.C. Section 1028: Identity theft
  • Section 1029: Credit card fraud
  • Section 1030: Computer hacking
  • Section 1343: Wire fraud

The penalty for internet fraud depends on the type. Wire fraud carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. Computer fraud prison sentences range from one to 10 years. Successful or not, an attempt at internet fraud warrants a penalty. It’s best to pursue legal action when a cyberattacker attempts fraud against your business to protect yourself from future harm.

Who Is in Charge of Internet Fraud?

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the top agency investigating internet fraud in the United States. The FBI responds to cases that violate federal laws related to various types of internet fraud.

Beyond federal laws, all 50 states, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have laws that relate to internet fraud. State laws cover malware, spyware hacking, viruses and other forms of unauthorized access. Harris Sliwoski can help you understand the federal and state laws that protect your business — and we can help your business pursue justice if it falls victim to internet fraud.